The Bullsheet     Sunrise 6:32am

Sunday, 25 Aug '13, Brunch at Pearl Beach - Old Rattler home from Woy Woy  -  87km
Option to add 26km by alighting at Hawkesbury River Station, Brooklyn and cycling via PitS to
Hornsby carpark
*    7:40am from Hornsby carpark           -  87km*  -   ETR  2:09pm; or 

*    8:00am from Berowra                         75km    -   ETR  1:39pm


All cyclists should target arriving at Mt White Road Warriors Café 1st Nosh Stop at 9:15am. 

Extend ride to 112km by alighting All-Stops train at Hawkesbury River station (Brooklyn) and cycling back to Hornsby via PitS.

Nosh Stops:
Mt White Village Store                                                    9:15am     -   30 min

Fish Shop at Pearl Beach                                             11:40a    -   30 min

Sag Stops:
  Wiseman's Ferry/Gosford roundabout                 10:25am        5 min
   Kariong Shell garage                                     10:40am     -  10 min 

King of the Mountain climbs
1st:       Cherro Rd to 2nd Mt White sign  KOM                   7.55km

2nd       100m past Mooney Mooney bridge to KOM            3.60km

Bank Teller
[1st Responder], Jean aka ChiliDog [2nd Responder], Syd aka MotorMechanic [3rd Responder], John aka Auckland, Tony aka Yorkshire,  are starting from Hornsby station carpark
John aka BakerBoy
[4th Responder] is cycling from Pearl Beach and meeting us at Mt White.


Tony aka Yorky responded "Sorry I'll be away this weekend.  Have a good one."

Lea aka SlowLea responded "Hi Phil, sorry I won't be able to do this ride. Have a great day."

David aka CricketTragic phoned, "I've been bust tidying up my late uncle's estate in Goulburn where it is chilly. Hope to ride with you next Sunday."

Ray aka KitchenSink and wife Inga are visiting their property at Katoomba where it has been windy.

If ya think you are 80% confident of starting, contingent upon a fine morn', e-mail Scribe, and he'll add ya to this list

1st Leg:  Hornsby carpark  to Mt White Village Store  - 35km (95 min)

¨           Rollout by 7:40am from Hornsby train station car park [70m N of the Railway Hotel in Jersey St – N/W side of train station] for 500m Nth then L and 20m later R at lights onto Pacific H'way; or

¨           commence by 8:00am (before the convoy to jump a head-start) on Old Pacific H'way opposite Berowra train station carpark.

Continue N up Old Pacific H'way to 1st Nosh Stop from 9:15am (30 min) at Mt White Village Store.


Second Leg:  Mt White Village Store to Kariong Shell garage - 19.2km (agg 54.7km) - 55 min

9:45am -

  • R Nth up Old Pac H'way for 6.2km to Calga Interchange

  • R East to Gosford “Scenic Route”, remaining on Old Pac H'way, to intermittent sounds of chirping Bellbirds, crossing Mooney Mooney creek 4.1km later;

  • climb 6.1km and take a 1st Sag Stop (5 min) at the Wisemans Ferry/Gosford roundabout at Somersby Industrial Estate - keeping well to LHS; and

  • R Sth for 700m on Wisemans Ferry Rd, then L gradually ascending for 1.4km Old Pac H'way arriving at Kariong Shell garage at 10:40am for 2nd Sag Stop (10 min).


Third Leg: Kariong Shell garage to Pearl Beach Park - 18km (agg 72.7km) - 50 min

10:50am -

  • Initially flattish S/Eth along Woy Woy Rd, thence down the hill past Phegans' Bay twds Umina Beach.  After approx 12.5km from the Shell Garage

  • R into Rawson Rd for 100m and cross train tracks at level crossing;

  • Ahead on Rawson Rd for 450m to Ocean Beach Rd;

  • R into Ocean Beach Rd for 3km;

  • R into Sydney Ave as it veers L for 100m;

  • R into Hobart Ave for 200m;  

  • L into Mt Ettalong Rd for about 3km;  

  • At the Sth. end of beautiful Umina Beach, Mt Ettalong Rd changes to Patonga Drive.  Climb past "Mt Ettalong Lookout" for a further 1km.

  • L into Pearl Beach Drive for 1.75km to unspoiled, but expensive Pearl Beach for

  • 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min) from 11:40am at Pearl Beach Park.

Fourth Leg:  Pearl Beach to Woy Woy station - 9.9km (agg 82.6km) -  25 min - arrive at Woy Woy station for -

*         12:23pm 'All Stops' to Hawkesbury River Station

*         12:57pm 'Express' to Hornsby station; or

*         1:23pm 'All Stops' to Hawkesbury River Station

12:10pm -

  • L  into Pearl Beach Drive retracing our path out of Pearl Beach up a mother of a hill along (gorgeous view of Pearl Beach on RHS) for 1.75km;

  • R  back onto Patonga Drive/Mt Ettalong Rd for 3km;

  • R  into Hobart for 200m;

  • L  into Sydney Ave for 150m;

  • L  into Ocean Beach Rd for 3.5km; and

  • R  into Railway St for 500m to Woy Woy station arriving around 12:35pm for 12:57pm 'Express' or 1:23pm 'All Stops' .

Risk Warning
Some forms of cycling are dangerous. 
An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road

Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 

A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;

(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

Ø    Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bicycle NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

Ø    Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

Ø    Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Ø   Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø   Expend 5 min studying your street directory for this route, if you haven't ridden it before

Ø   Don't ride two abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line and descend corners on wet roads as though you are skating on ice

Ø   When passing a fellow Mugg, always provide a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside" etc

1.       Muggs' 10th Annual KOM Challenge, where most of us will again camp at the Berry Showground, promises to be well attended with many of the pioneers who helped to launch it are revisiting (some with 'Billy Lids') for déjà vu, where some of them they think they 'still have it in the legs' -  Share cottage accommodation with John aka L'Etape  is available if you don't dally.  Otherwise pay the Motel or Hotel rates if you don't want to camp.

2.       Last Sunday's Somersby "Bellbirds" clockwise - where we did a 'Uie' at Mt White Village Store - 70km  -  10 starters, however, four of them, Bill aka Glasgow, Tony aka Yorkshire, Ron aka Draughtsman, and Terry aka Navigator had bolted when Bank Teller finally arrived at Mt. White following a 'senior's moment' by getting the rollout time RONG.

Pete aka CampyAficinado showing us the Ducati that he'd like to own

Syd, Pete and Grant aka AnotherBeanCounter at PitS

Scribe   19 August '13